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Amanda Skene
Five star rated family lawyer
ready to resolve your matter

I am Amanda Skene, and in the next couple of minutes, I will explain to you how to resolve your family law issue in the most cost-effective and fastest way possible.

In fact, not only will I help you save money and get you the best result, I will try and help you settle your matter and reach an agreement with your former partner within 21 days!

Of course, not all cases can settle negotiations in 21 days due to their complexities however, we can still guarantee that we can try and settle it faster than most law firms.

I feel confident in saying this because not only do I own Skene Lawyers and oversee and manage every file that comes through the firm, but I have also been able to develop a model from my many years of experience that enables me to guarantee you, the client, a fast and cost-effective outcome.

The model at Skene Lawyers is quite simple.  It is about attentiveness, attention to detail, and skilled delivery.  We listen, compile and skilfully apply to ensure you receive maximum results.

What makes us so different from other family law firms is the value we place on time. Time is one of the most crucial factors in ensuring your matter is accurately and efficiently dealt with, ensuring you incur no additional, unnecessary costs.

To achieve this, we take the time to listen.

We take the time to compile, and we take the time to apply what you have told us to your matter accurately in the first instance.

Time and accuracy are among the most crucial elements of our model.

Everybody has time.  However, we use our time, YOUR time, in the most efficient and effective manner possible, which in turn, saves YOU time and, subsequently, money.  How do we do this? It is easy.

We ensure that all our lawyers, paralegals, and support staff operate with a low file capacity.  Therefore; our focus is you, the client.

Often, clients come to us feeling let down after terrible experiences with other firms, complaining about being passed around like batons, where phone calls and emails were not responded to, deadlines were missed, and files were lost.  Where work conducted on the file was inaccurate, sloppy and slow.  Their previous firms also often incurred high staff turnover, which resulted in the client never knowing who was looking after their case as so many lawyers had been allocated to their file.  In short, they felt lost, confused, angry and frustrated.

We know clients want to get their issues sorted out fast.  Especially when it has to do with their children.  We understand that, and for that to happen, you need a lawyer who can respond to you immediately, with accuracy and urgency.  We guarantee that we can do this for you because of our client-to-lawyer ratio model.

Too many times, we hear, “I was repetitively handed around the office and referred to as file number.  Documents were presented to court late, unchecked and incomplete. What made this worse, is that I paid for this inefficient double handling.

Clients found this experience frustrating, expensive, and utterly devastating, given that they were already experiencing high stress and trauma due to their separation.

We can guarantee to you that this will NOT happen at Skene Lawyers.  In fact, I am so confident that you will not experience this that we will guarantee you a refund of your money back if it does.*

We guarantee that we will reduce your stress and trauma by handling your case correctly and not waste any time recapping, updating, or double handling.

We guarantee that your allocated lawyer or I, will respond to any communications by you, to us, within 24 hours of contact.

We also offer ‘out-of-business hours‘ and ‘weekend appointments‘ for clients who cannot speak with our lawyers during business hours.  This ensures that your matter is constantly up to date.

If you want a speedy response, a well-prepared case, and an expertly delivered argument, contact us now so that we can get started.  

Please do not waste time arguing with a firm about why they are not prioritising your matter and in particular, the welfare of your children.  

Instead, avoid the stress and choose a firm that genuinely cares about your outcome.

Choose a firm that takes pride in ensuring you receive the maximum result possible. 

If that is the approach you want, you are starting at the right place because you will already be ahead in your case and will be calmer by engaging Skene Lawyers, knowing that:

  • Your matter will be commenced immediately;
  • It will be thoroughly investigated to ensure maximum result;
  • You will receive regular updates on your matter;
  • Guidance on any legal terms that you do not understand will be discussed with you so as to ensure you are fully aware of your options;
  • You will receive a 24-hour response turnaround to your phone calls and communications; and
  • A cost-effective and fast resolution of your matter will be adopted with the intention to settle negotiations with your former partner within 21 days.**

Invest in your future.  This is a serious transition in your life.  Let us help you achieve the peace and tranquility that you deserve so that you and your children can move forward with your new life. 


Can I take the children when I leave? 

Avoid a recovery order costing you thousands of dollars and the risk of losing the children to your former partner. 

Make sure you know your rights before you leave.  The law states that children are to have a meaningful relationship with each parent unless they are at risk or it is unreasonably practicable.   Seek legal advice first before you leave with the children.  Know your rights before you act or move!

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Should I take the children?

Like the above scenario, you can run into serious issues if you are unaware of your rights. 

For example, suppose you claim to be the primary parent and leave the family home  in the event of a separation (without the children) to set up a new family home for you and the children with the intention to collect the children the following day.  The other parent may refuse to hand the children over to you as you have already left the family home. 

You are then faced with a potentially expensive and lengthy legal case (possibly two to three years) to have the children returned back into your primary care.

We have witnessed this many times where the primary parent leaves the family home to set up another family home and then returns to collect the children via an informal agreement.  But unfortunately, the other parent then refuses to hand the children over.

Don’t take this risk.  Make sure your plan is secured and documented so that you don’t risk your time with the children. 

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Current parenting arrangements not working?

Avoid placing your children in a position where they have to choose between who they spend time with.

Don’t expose the children to unnecessary arguments causing them psychological pain and emotional damage. 

Formal Consent Orders or Parenting Orders  may be better for you than informal Parenting Plans as they are enforceable by law. 

Contact us now so we can assist you with Consent Orders.  Consent Orders will make you and your children’s lives easier and prevent your former partner from arguing with you in the future.

Choose the easier option and document your agreement in the early stages of separation.

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How to maintain children’s lifestyle post-separation

Has your former partner stopped paying school fees and extracurricular costs, and you are worried about your children’s education being affected?  Ensure this doesn’t happen to your children.  

Learn how to avoid this. 

Maintain their standard of lifestyle and education. 

We can assist with negotiations and formalizing agreements (Binding Child Support Agreements) so that your children’s best interests are securely maintained.

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Are your Children at risk from abuse?

Are your children coming home bruised and or withdrawn when spending time with the other parent or family members?

Are they experiencing abuse from your former partner, their new partner, or a third party? 

Stop the children’s suffering now. 

Protect the children when they need you the most. 

Don’t endanger your children’s mental welfare by failing or delaying to act. 

We can immediately arrange for orders to protect your children from exposure to this abuse. 

Abuse includes emotional, physical and financial abuse. 

For example, the children’s time spent with the other parent could be supervised by a family member or a qualified supervisor at a venue that offers supervised visits.  

Or, in some warranted circumstances, certain people could be prohibited from being near or around the children.

Act now to prevent any unnecessary emotional or physical harm to your children. 

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Concerned about your former partner’s new partner?

Do they have a criminal history that could endanger your children?  Are they an alcoholic or drug addict?  Don’t leave your children vulnerable.  Make the appropriate arrangements and enquries now if you suspect illicit or illegal behaviour. 

If there are any issues, obtain the relevant orders to protect the children from all and any risk. 

Be confident that your children are always safe.

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Is your former partner one of those nasty narcissists?

Are you at risk of losing your children because of your former partner lying to them? 

Do your children seem different around you or appear to be avoiding you? 

Is it possible your former partner is turning the children against you?  This form of behaviour is called Parental Alienation. 

Act now before it’s too late and before the damage sets in.  Let us help you put in place protective measures so as to avoid this from happening.

Support your children’s mental health and minimise the damage of divorce so that your relationship with them and their life and education is not affected.

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Has your former partner stopped you from seeing your children?

Has your former partner stopped you from seeing your children without any valid reason? 

This situation is dire, and you need to act immediately—failure to act immediately leaves the court with a presumption that you are happy with that arrangement. 

Act quickly if this occurs, as the longer you leave it, the harder it is to unravel the set arrangements.  

Contact us urgently so that we can intervene to prevent long-term damage and immediately restore your time with the children.

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Is your former partner addicted to drugs or alcohol?

Are your children at risk to your former partners addictive behaviour to alcohol or drugs?  Protect them now before it’s too late.  Don’t leave them vulnerable.  Their safety is in your hands.

Contact us now so that we can make immediate arrangements to protect them.

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Are your children at risk of being kidnapped?

Worried your former partner will kidnap the children and relocate?  

Avoid this trauma. 

Implement measures immediately before the situation arises. 

Don’t wait and risk getting caught up in the court system (as the parent without the child), as it can take up to three years before the children are returned to your care.

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How to remove an aggressive or violent partner or former partner from the house? 

Do you want your aggressive or violent partner to move out of the house, but they refuse to leave?

Find out how we can assist in obtaining orders from the court (without your partner knowing at first instance) ordering your partner to leave the premises even if the house or lease is in their name.  

Once orders are made without your partner knowing, the police will arrive with the orders and escort your partner or former partner from the house where you will be able to remain at the premises with your children with a protection order in force.  

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Obtaining orders to remove someone from the premises are not simple so ensure you aware of the necessary requirements in order to qualify for such orders. 

Abusive text messages

Sick of losing sleep wondering how to avoid abusive and controlling communications from your former partner about parenting arrangements. 

Contact us now.  It can all be prevented.

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Is your former partner slandering you?

Worried your former partner is going to slander you on social media?  Concerned they are going to contact your friends,  family or work colleagues to defame you?

Don’t let this happen.  

Don’t risk your reputation or loose your job.  Act now before it’s too late. 

Contact us to find out how we can help you from this occurring.


Everyone has a past!

It is so important that we know the whole story.  It enables us to advise you on all aspects of your matter correctly, leaving no stone unturned.

Everything you tell us is confidential and is only ever disclosed if and when you instruct us to do so.

Many clients worry about disclosing personal information and how this information, i.e., drug-taking or gambling, may affect their case.  However, we must know everything so that we can adequately advise you.

What you say to us remains between us.

Save on legal fees

Do it once and do it fast!

Invest wisely in your future. 

Engage lawyers who are experienced and have the time to attend to your matter.

The more experienced your lawyer is, the faster your case will be resolved, costing you less time and money.

An inexperienced or junior lawyer may be cheaper at first but can cost you more money and time in the long run.  Don’t make this mistake.

Often our firm is contacted by clients who initially engaged cheaper lawyers.  As a result, they found that their lawyer was inexperienced or overworked or both.

Consequently, their case was either damaged, unsatisfactorily settled, or left incomplete.

Further, the client’s calls were often rarely answered or returned by their lawyer.  When their solicitor returned their call, the solicitor was so unfamiliar with the matter that they would have to review the file before responding.   This delay would slow down the process, endanger their case and cost them more money and time.

A busy solicitor may not be the best solicitor for you!

At Skene Lawyers, we ensure our lawyers will always have the time to deal with your matter and immediately address anything urgent that arises during your case.  We guarantee this or your money back.*

Don’t cut corners and risk you and your children’s future.

Engaging an experienced lawyer will resolve your case quickly minimizing the time and money you will need to spend in the long run.

At Skene Lawyers, we guarantee to offer you high-level, experienced, efficient, and time-effective lawyers.

Contact us now so we can get started!

24 Hour Response Guarantee

Instant response!

As mentioned, a busy law firm does not necessarily mean a good law firm.

What you want is a law firm that responds quickly, and we do so within 24 hours, guaranteed or your money back.*

Busy lawyers have less time to respond and act urgently upon matters causing you unnecessary stress and sleepless nights waiting for their response.

Avoid this stress by engaging Skene Lawyers now to act on your behalf.

You will never be frustrated with our response time to your queries because we are always available and happy to help.

Our guaranteed 24-hour response times ensure all our clients get the best results each and every time.

We also offer ‘after-hour‘ and ‘weekend appointments‘. 

No matter is too complex, large or small 

Never give up!!!

Your situation may seem overwhelming, but we know how to unravel and resolve the most complicated issues, often with ease.

Delays or inefficiencies can also cause complications, so it’s always best to take legal advice early from an experienced lawyer.

Engaging Skene Lawyers early will make your life and your case easier in the long run.

Guaranteed Upfront Costs Disclosure

What does this mean for you?  First, this means that there will be no unpleasant financial surprises if you engage Skene Lawyers.  We are upfront and honest right from the start.

Know before you go!

Regular, Detailed Itemised Accounts.

Avoid surprises.  Know exactly where you stand!

You will receive detailed monthly accounts showing what work has been done on your file, leaving you informed at all times. 

Immediate Availability – Book now

Need an answer now but can’t find a lawyer to speak to?

Book an appointment now at Skene Lawyers and get started. 

After-hour appointments are always available.

Principal Review

Worried your matter will be passed around the office to different staff members?

Your initial consultation is always conducted by the firm’s principal, Amanda Skene, who remains involved in your case until the conclusion.   This benefit is that you will always have access to someone familiar with your matter.

Leading Law Firm

Skene Lawyers is one of the most highly sought-after law firms in Australia.

Experience first-class services with our 100% Five Star rating.  Why choose anything less?!

Clear and easy to understand Communications

We guarantee you will find us easy to understand.

We will talk to you in your language!

Know where you stand and what is next so you can make the best decisions for you and your children’s future.

Free Will

Our gift to you, valid for one year after completion of your matter.***

That means, at Skene Lawyers, we guarantee you:

•           24-hour response guarantee or your money back;*

•           Immediate Availability; and

•           Fast, accurate, and thorough professional services.

Principal of Skene Lawyers in office

About Amanda

Amanda has been in the legal field for over 20 years and is now the Principal of Skene Lawyers.


You will find Amanda is approachable, passionate, and highly empathetic to people in crisis.  People warm to her ability to place them at ease during stressful times.

She understands people and is a good communicator on all levels.  In addition, being organized, patient and assertive with strong negotiating skills makes Amanda a highly sought-after lawyer.


Amanda is highly efficient and responsive.  She is accurate, thorough, and always ten steps ahead of the other side.

She has extensive and up-to-date knowledge of the law and has her own network of legal specialists.

Her perseverance, analytical, and investigative skills ensure your case is always comprehensively researched and presented in the best manner.

Whether it is basic negotiations, mediation, or representing you in court, you will find Amanda always delivers.

Here is what our clients have said on google.

Positive: Professionalism

“Could not of asked for a better service during stressful times. Amanda was amazing and made our situation so much less stressful. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a service where your not treated as just a number your situation is priority.”

I was referred to Amanda after my marriage ended for legal advice. The other party lodged the consent orders so I needed someone I could trust to navigate me through the process. Amanda was very understanding and patient especially as I wasn’t emotionally coping. Amanda handled all the communication and negotiations on my behalf. I have no hesitation in recommending Amanda.
I am so very thankful for meeting Amanda and having her represent me in my divorce and financial settlement. I had another solicitor before Amanda and I certainly felt the difference. I was very unsure and scared of what to expect as I have never been through anything like this before. But I felt that Amanda was with me the whole way guiding me and supporting me through to a successful outcome. Amanda was very professional through the process. I highly recommend Amanda to anyone reading this. I have NOT been disappointed.
As anyone dealing with a family law issue, I was incredibly stressed and anxious about the court process. Amanda knew how to interact with me, advised me professionally and gave me the reassurance I needed every step of the way. Her rates were fair and I always knew in advance what to expect. I came out the other end of my legal issue in the exact position I had hoped to be in. Thank you again and again.
I found Amanda to be very professional and very helpful in my dealings with her. I was overwhelmed with the documents I was given by my wife’s lawyer, but Amanda made it very easy for me to decide my best course of action in relation to these. I will be recommending Skene lawyers to any of my friends or family who may need legal advice.
Positive: Professionalism, Responsiveness
First class experience dealing with Amanda, very prompt in responding to emails and the advice I received was invaluable. Highly recommended and looking forward to dealing with Amanda and Skene Lawyers in the future.
Absolutely wonderful experience. Dispite my circumstances, Amanda was able to give the best advice and made me feel less overwhelmed and less stressed, aswell as being very professional, I was able to open up and get on a personal level. Will highly recommend to anyone.!
Amanda is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She assisted me through a difficult time with the upmost professionalism and dedication. I couldn’t rate her services better.
Professionalism tempered with genuine compassion, Amanda handled my case confidently and intuitively, i doubt that i would have been as happy with any other firm.
Positive: Professionalism, Responsiveness
The help I received from Skene lawyer’s was invaluable and highly recommend.
Amanda is very friendly and full of experience. She thinks from a client’s point of view and provide a lot of valuable advice to me. Thank you!
Attention to detail and solution based services made Amanda a pleasure dealing with.
Positive: Professionalism

What you will get

So at Skene Lawyers, you will be well looked after by experienced, passionate, and responsive lawyers. 

That means, at Skene Lawyers, we guarantee you:

  • 24-hour response guarantee or your money back*
  • Immediate Availability
  • Fast, accurate, and thorough professional services 

Limited Offer

Call us today and if we can’t settle your matter within 21 days** you will receive a continual 10% off your entire account, from beginning to end, guaranteed. Don’t miss this amazing offer for the month of June 2022.  

Act now.  We are here to help!!

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*     Limited to costs that you would have incurred for that query or portion of work performed that, upon review, has not met our guarantee policy.
**    21 days from the date we have received all necessary information from the client and settlement is by way of letter of acceptance of offer to settle to the other side.
***   For matters that exceed over $10,000

Disclaimer:  The above information is not to be taken as advice as each matter is unique to its own set of circumstances. We highly recommend that you seek legal advice before you commence any action regarding your matter.

For clarification, please contact us on 0431 336 999 or amanda@skenelawyers.com for an appointment. 

Our Principal, Amanda Skene, is experienced in the issues surrounding family law and can help navigate you through this delicate and emotional path.

Contact Skene Lawyers now to obtain the advice you need.